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Enfermería Global

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PLAZA DEL PINO, F.J.. Prejudices of the Nurses towards the immigrant population: An outlook from the South of Spain. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.27, pp.87-96. ISSN 1695-6141.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1695-61412012000300006.

In the last decades Spain has turned into a receiver country of immigrants. This increase entails a rise in the cultural diversity in the society which is reflected in the change of the cultural profile of the users of the health public system. The aim of this study has been to approach the prejudices of the nurses towards the immigrant population. Methodology: Transversal quantitative study. Participants: Nursing professionals from the three public hospitals of Almería. Data collection: Anonymous questionnaire. Results: More than 68% of the sample thinks that "we take advantage of the immigrants in order to offer themthe most precarious jobs", and they do not consider that there are some Spanish people unemployed becauseof the immigrants.Half of the sample agrees with the statement "the ethnic minorities constitute a source of social conflicts" and more than 80% relate immigration to delinquency. Conclusions: The social prejudices mark mostly the Nurses opinions. It's necessary to develop some trainingand sensitization programs aimed to these professionals as a key to achieve a change towards these negative opinions.

Keywords : Attitude; Immigration; Nursing; Prejudices.

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